German classical artists honoured at 51st Grammy Awards

German artists were honoured at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. The Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin won for a Stravinsky recording and composers Hans Zimmer and a colleague took home Grammys for their film score to “The Dark Knight.”

German classical artists honoured at 51st Grammy Awards
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In the classical section, the Berliner Philharmoniker led by Sir Simon Rattle and the Rundfunkchor led by Simon Halsey won the Best Choral Performance for the Stravinsky song “Symphony of Psalms.” The same collaboration also won the award for their 2007 recording of “Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem.”

Meanwhile German-born composer Hans Zimmer, along with his colleague James Newton Howard won for Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, for the critically acclaimed film “The Dark Knight,” which stars the late Heath Ledger.

Two German opera singers from the Los Angeles Opera Chorus, Mel Ulrich and Robert Wörle, took part in Best Classical Album award-winner “Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny.”

Other artists honoured by the Recording Academy included bluegrass musician Alison Krauss and rock legend Robert Plant, who won five awards for their unlikely collaboration on Album of the Year, “Raising Sand.” Rap artist Lil Wayne, pop group Coldplay and rocker Bruce Springsteen also won awards during the CBS-broadcast awards ceremony in Los Angeles.